Award-Win­ning Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Opens Very Soon

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Lennoxville, Sher­brooke

Founderand Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor Dr. Dar­ren Bar­dati also un­veils new Eastern Town­ships food re­search project The Lennoxville Farm­ers’ Mar­ket will begin its fourth sea­son on Satur­day, June 6 at the for­mer coop build­ing at 2882 Col­lege Street in Sher­brooke. Ev­ery sec­ond week un­til Thanks­giv­ing, grow­ers and ar­ti­sans will sell lo­cal flavours and hand­made items to any­one who wishes to bring the Town­ships to their palate or home.

Cus­tomers can ex­pect to find the usual mar­ket of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing veg­eta­bles, honey, berries, cer­ti­fied meat, cheeses, ar­ti­san crafts and goat milk soaps, all lo­cally grown and made.

This year is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for the mar­ket, since its founder, Dr. Dar­ren Bar­dati, an En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies pro­fes­sor at Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity, re­ceived the award for “Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Busi­ness Devel­op­ment” by the bor­ough of Lennoxville this past Fe­bru­ary. The recog­ni­tion high­lights not only the tremen­dous progress the mar­ket has made, but also that “to­day, farm­ers’ mar­kets are rec­og­nized for their value and con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity,” Dr. Bar­dati points out.

“Peo­ple are more con­cerned about their food than ever be­fore,” he ex­plains. “The su­per­mar­ket of­fers mostly ge­o­graph­i­cally-anony­mous food. We of­fer what’s called “be­yond or­ganic”: food that is grown by farm­ers that cus­tomers know per­son­ally. The main draw for our cus­tomers is that di­rect re­la­tion­ship with the farmer.” In ad­di­tion to run­ning the mar­ket, Dr. Bar­dati will be con­duct­ing a re­search project called

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